Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution - The History of England

Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution - The History of England

Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of many maximum residing chroniclers of england and its humans. In Rebellion, he keeps his remarkable account of the historical past of britain, starting the growth south of the Scottish king, James VI, who at the demise of Elizabeth I grew to become the 1st Stuart king of britain, and finishing with the deposition and flight into exile of his grandson, James II.

The Stuart monarchy introduced jointly the 2 countries of britain and Scotland into one realm, albeit a realm nonetheless marked by means of political divisions that echo to this present day. extra importantly, maybe, the Stuart period was once marked by means of the harsh depredations of civil conflict, and the killing of a king. sensible and opinionated, James i used to be eloquent on concerns as different as theology, witchcraft, and the abuses of tobacco, yet his angle to the English parliament sowed the seeds of the department that may break up the rustic through the reign of his hapless inheritor, Charles I. Ackroyd deals an excellent, warts-and-all portrayal of Charles’s nemesis, Oliver Cromwell, Parliament’s nice army chief and England’s in basic terms dictator, who begun his profession as a political liberator yet ended it as a lot of a despot as "that guy of blood," the king he executed.

England’s turbulent 17th century is vividly laid out earlier than us, yet so too is the cultural and social lifetime of the interval, extraordinary for its terribly wealthy literature, together with Shakespeare’s overdue masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton and Thomas Hobbes’s nice philosophical treatise, Leviathan. as well as its account of England's royalty, Rebellion additionally supplies us a really genuine feel of the lives of normal English women and men, lived out opposed to a backdrop of continuing disruption and uncertainty.

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